The Destitute and Shelter Support Branch (DSSB) is responsible for ten homes which are gazetted as welfare homes under the Destitute Persons Act for the care, reception and rehabilitation of destitute persons.
These homes include Jamiyah Home for the Aged, Christalite Methodist Home, Bukit Batok Home for the Aged, Moral Welfare Home and Pelangi Village which houses 6 homes. The homes are run by VWOs serving as managing agents for the Ministry.
As admission to Welfare Homes are statutory and under the provisions of the Destitute Persons Act, the admitting authority continues to lie with MSF. Agencies and members of the public may call the ComCare Call at 1800-2220000 to enquire welfare home’s admission.
Guiding principles for the welfare homes
Family is responsible for the welfare and well-being of its members. Those residents with families should return to their families ultimately. The welfare homes should be a temporary place for them to stay.
Self reliance. Residents would be trained and rehabilitated within the homes and at the Activity Hub (for Pelangi Village). The objective would be to increase their functional levels so that they could care for themselves and be self reliant.